A sick lady with a monkey provides the key to a mysterious, highly contagious, and deadly virus that strikes both Dr. Brackett and John Gage. Meanwhile, the firemen rescue a boy from a treehouse and a man from a scaffold.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mattie Duntley
Mr. Hollister
William Gray Espy ...
Tim Duntley
Mrs. Brydon
Patricia Mickey ...
Nurse Sharon Walters
Jenny Hollister (as Cathy-Lee Crosby)
Ron Pinkard ...
Danny Loring
Vic Vallaro ...
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Philip Brown ...
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A woman returning from Asia with a monkey also brought back a highly contagious virus that kills a fireman and sickens Dr. Brackett, later John during a rescue of a man having a heart attack on a scaffold, but the woman is not as sickened and her travelling partner appears to have immunity to the disease. As two professionals are fighting, Dixie talks to the wife, whose husband is (of course) dying. While Dixie, Dr. Early and Roy treat John, Nurse Walters and Dr. Early treat Dr. Brackett; who heard they found the solution to the virus. The firemen also rescue a boy from a treehouse. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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Randolph Mantooth and Philip Brown would later act together on the Daytime Drama Loving. See more »


When Gage is being pulled up the side of the building after collapsing during a rescue, there are two firemen leaning over to pull him over the ledge. When we switch to the roof, there are three firemen leaning over the ledge to start to pull him onto the roof. As they finish pulling him onto the roof there are two firemen and a sheriffs deputy. See more »


[first lines]
Engine 60 Captain: [on phone] This is Engine 60. Respond an ambulance to us.
[hangs up and addresses paramedics]
Engine 60 Captain: She's back here. It's a real mystery. She's got all the symptoms of a flu but I've never seen it this bad before.
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Don't play with the monkey!
19 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some of our heroes in this episode learn the price of playing with a monkey the hard way. They don't know exactly why when they first arrive, but there's something wrong with the lady with the high fever. But surely there's nothing wrong with the monkey! But when a fireman comes down with the same thing, the prime suspect becomes the monkey; then he's tried and convicted...to death!

But the damage is done. Though Johnny and Roy continue saving lives (they saved a boy with vertigo from a tree), the virus becomes even meaner. First Dr. Brackett himself comes down with the deadly virus, then Johnny Gage passes out while rescuing a man off a scaffold. It's really quite entertaining! This is one of my favorite episodes!

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